Jot it down: November 15, 2011, is when it began. Researchers in France have given a small robot the ability to directly control a living human's arm by running electricity through his muscles. The evil little bot mercilessly forces blindfolded human test subjects to put a toy ball through a toy basket again and again, by stimulating electrodes attached to their arms.
The researchers have some story about how it's for therapeutic purposes -- a robot can use this ability to help a paralyzed human -- and also that co-opting human limbs is more cost-effective than building expensive, carefully engineered robot limbs.
March 11, 2014: The "robot made me do it" defense holds up in a court of law for the first time.
October 19, 2021: Robots of Canada send an army of slave humans against the United States.
Watch the video, and tremble.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.